Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Friendly Card

Things are still hectic here as we deal with the aftermath of the  mega-leak (which is thankfully now fixed) and my moving into the new craftroom has been stalled ever so slightly by a couple of small practical considerations...that we had not considered! But while it is not fully operational yet, it is still possible to work on a corner of the standing workstation..which is what I did when I needed to make a card to pop in with something I was sending off to a friend.

I made the background by using a couple of  ink pads direct to whisper white card. The sentiment on the front was from the Feel Goods stamp set. I stamped the butterfly (Best of Butterflies set) in black ink onto the card front,  and again onto vellum and onto the panel for the inside of the card too. I hand-cut the vellum butterfly and fixed it over the stamped image on the card front using sticky strip, with a line of small coloured gems  over the tape line. (gems not SU but they were sitting on top of a box on the counter so I grabbed them for quickness) The fake stitching was done by hand using a fine line black marker and this was repeated on the inside panel too. The stamped greeting inside the card is from the new Perfect Pennants stamp set which is in the Spring Summer seasonal catalogue. Simple and easy card to make but I was quite pleased with the end result.

Hopefully we will have fully considered the outstanding craft room considerations by this week and I will be able to get things fully set up and operational so I can start making lots of pretties again very soon

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Sharing the Love

Happy Valentine's Day one and all. I hope that it has been what you wished for... 
Since it is the day of lovers, I thought I would share a couple cards I  made to celebrate the occasion. 

 There hasn't been much of the more traditional romance and flowers type celebrating in our house (well none of that at all if I'm honest) but what I did get was a trip to Ikea yesterday and  today my man with a drill and a screwdriver putting up shelves and rails in my new craftroom...After all these years he knows how to make me smile and his efforts really were appreciated...and  beats chocs and  flowers any day!

Romance does not always have to be traditional and I loved the dramatic black and white and red of this first card (right)... and the contrast with the softer pinks of the card below.
Of course because my craftroom refurb has taken way longer than we expected it has been a challenge to locate the things I needed to make the cards...and this second one has a few more things form my general stash than is usual on this blog....but we do what we have to and these were fun to make and they put a smile on the faces of those who received them.

We are nearing the end of the craft room make over and it will be fabulous when it is finally finished and everything is put away in its rightful place. We have learned some valuable lessons along the way...the first I will share is that if you are ever considering undertaking a major refurb of your craftroom, decide how long you think it will realistically take, double it and then add two weeks for good measure! That will bring you somewhere near the real number of days/weeks/months it will  actually take.

Onwards and upwards...

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx